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the cradle of the arab spring in cairo, where the ambassador was stormed. benghazi, the attack that killed four americans, including the first ambassador to die in decades. this was a somber day at andrew's air force base as the four americans came home, as the leaders of their government looked on. it is where we begin our coverage tonight with nbc's andrea mitchell. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: to the mournful tones of "nearer my god to thee," the caskets came home, four public servants, arriving to the embrace of family and the secretary of state, brought together in grief. >> today, we bring home four americans who gave their lives for our country, and our values. >> reporter: four americans, the president said, who knew the danger and accepted it. they didn't simply embrace the american ideal, they lived it. >> glenn dougherty never shied from adventure, he believed in his life he could make a difference, by the calling as a navy seal. tyrone woods spent two decades as a navy seal, multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. >> he had the arms of a healer and warrior. earning the distinct
there. nbc's ayman mohyeldin is in benghazi tonight where he has an exclusive with the president of libya tonight about what happened. good evening. >> reporter: the details of the attack that killed the american ambassador and three others may not be clear. according to libya's president there is no doubt in his mind who is responsible for the attack. the charred remains of the u.s. consulate in benghazi. libya's president said today the attack was not the aftermath of a spontaneous outburst of street protests over an anti-islam movie. >> i have no doubts about this. it is a preplanned attack. very sinister. with criminal intentions. >> reporter: for the first time president mohamed magariaf said it wasn't just libyans involved in the attack. without giving details he said foreigners participated in planning and orchestrating the assault. >> we have assumptions and we have some information. and all the information that we have now leads to the same direction. >> reporter: one possible reason the u.s. was targeted -- revenge. earlier this year a u.s. drone strike killed one of al
christopher stevens at the u.s. embassy compound in benghazi, libya, new reporting tonight on the security situation before the fatal attack. >> reporter: today, the burned out consulate in benghazi is sealed off, and security is tight. but why was there not more security the night that four americans were killed over the weekend, the ambassador, susan rice claims, there was a strong security presence at the consulate. >> we had security personnel in benghazi, a significant number, and tragically, must be the four were two u.s. security personnel. >> reporter: but other sources contradict that account, saying the two former seals, glenn dougherty and tyrone woods, who saved lives were not in libya to provide personal security for the ambassador or for consulate personnel and u.s. officials say consulate security consisted of a u.s. regional security officer and a local militia, known as the february 17th group, which guarded the outpost. chris stevenss often had little security detail >> the security there was very low, i would characterize it as no security whatsoever. shocking and irresp
pretoria to baghdad and finally to benghazi. the mission that drew chris and sean and their colleagues to libya is both noeble and necessary. we and the people of libya honor their memory by carrying it forward. this is not easy. today, many americans are asking, indeed, i asked myself, how could this happen. how could this happen in a country we helped liberate in a city we helped save from destruction. this question reflects just how complicated and, at times, how confounding, the world can be. but we must be clear-eyed even in our grief. this was an attack by a small and savage group. not the people or government libya. everywhere chris and his team went in libya, in a country scarred by war and tyranny, they were hailed as friends and partners. and when the attack came yesterday, libyans stood and fought to defend our post. some were wounded. libyans carried chris' body to the hospital and they helped rescue and lead other americans to safety. and last night, when i spoke to the president of libya, he strongly condemned the violence and pledged every effort to protect our people an
attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. nbc's brian mooar has details. >> reporter: was the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya spontaneous or did terrorists use a protest over an anti-islamic film as cover? >> opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately are readily available in post-revolutionary libya. >> reporter: libya's interim president says it was coordinated, but not by libyans. >> it was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country few months ago. >> reporter: libyan officials say they've rounded up dozens of suspects. the fbi is hoping to deliver a definitive answer on what happened, but has been unable to reach the consulate in benghazi because it's still too dangerous. the waves of anti-american protests from north africa to asia appear to be ebbing, but critics of current u.s. policy say the protests are not the problem, they're a symptom. >> if we all decide to rally around the video as the problem, we are going to make a serious mistake. >> reporter: isra
at the consulate in benghazi, the militia is not under the president's control. here's our report tonight. >> reporter: taking advantage of growing outrage many libyans hold responsible for the attack, the president's president issued an ultimatum giving militias 48 hours to put down their weapons and disband. this just days after protesters stormed the consulate in benghazi. while u.s. officials have praised the attack on ben began gas si. in an interview with the "new york times," egypt's president defended his government's slow response to the attack, telling the paper, quote, we can never condone this kind of violence, but we need to deal with the situation wisely. responding to president obama's recent remarks that he didn't consider them an ally. in a message he's likely to echo this week, he said it's up to the united states to repair relations with the arab world. >>> now to nbc's education nation, our ongoing in depth looking at the challenge of americas schools and the possible solutions. the education summit began today. that's where rehema ellis is tonight. >> reporter: accord
're learning more about the attack on the american consulate in benghazi, libya, which killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans. the obama administration says it was a planned terrorist attack, and the fbi is investigating a possible al qaeda link, and an issue that secretary of state hillary clinton discussed today. meanwhile, ann curry sat down with the president of libya to discuss the situation. >> reporter: would you call the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi an act of terrorism? >> i have no doubt about that. and it is a pre-planned act of terrorism directed against american citizens. >> reporter: you're confirming that rpgs were used in the original attack? >> mortars -- >> reporter: they were used in the attack? >> yes. >> reporter: and do you know how many mortars were used? >> about 500. >> reporter: and you were saying they were fired with such accuracy that this could not have been done by somebody who didn't have experience? >> experience and knew what he was doing. >> reporter: and this is what is helping to convince you that this was a pre-planned attack, not a r
have available to us today, our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi in fact was initially a spontaneous reaction to what transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo which were prompted of course by the video. >> there was a caveat there. she said the fbi was still investigating. but the thought was it was a spontaneous reaction. a couple of days before that, the libyan president said, no, in fact, al qaeda was behind this attack. and then days later, after ambassador rice is on this program and other programs, the president's spokesman jay carney says this. it is, i think, self-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. well, if it was self-evident, why didn't the president call this exactly what it was, an act of terror on the anniversary of 9/11? >> well, this is an event of great interest, obviously, to the public, to the news media. information was being provided realtime. obviously, you're going to know more two weeks after an event than a week after an event. and as ambassado
in benghazi, according to witnesses now, libyans tried to rescue him but were frustrated when there was no ambulance, no first aid. the u.s. and libyans cooperating in that investigation. >> tracie potts in washington, thank you. >>> well, now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. >>> in dallas, just frightening video, and it shows the moment when two women were struck by a hit-and-run driver and they drove down an embankment to escape. the victims had pulled over on a highway off ramp because of a flat tire. police were responding to that call when the hit and run happened right in front of them. the other driver remains on the loose. >>> in georgia, an even more bizarre hit and run. someone plowed right into a house in the middle of the night while two people were inside. they didn't even know it happened until the next morning when they woke up and they found a good chunk of their house completely gone. >>> in oregon, rescuers did a perfect job of saving a kitten trapped beneath a basement in a drain pipe. it took firefighters and a plumber
of national intelligence now says the attack in benghazi was deliberate and organized. some of those involved, he says, were linked to groups affiliated with or sympathetic to al qaeda. it's a big change from the administration's original claim. >> what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo. >> reporter: now the republican chairman of the house homeland security committee says ambassador rice should step down. >> either she's intentionally misleading the american people and she should resign for that, or she's unqualified to be u.n. ambassador and she got the facts as wrong as she did and she should resign for that. >> reporter: but the white house's ambassador rice was simply offering the best information available at the time. pete williams, nbc washington. >>> prosecutors say before james holmes went on that deadly shooting rampage in a colorado movie theater, he had been barred from the university of colorado for threatening a professor. court documents are raising questions about why campus police did not rep
the hunt is on for those responsible for deadly attack at a u.s. consulate there. eamonn is in benghazi, what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning, kate. we understand that an fbi team of special agents has arrived here in benghazi. they're keeping a low profile for security reasons and are expected to at some point begin investigating what exactly happened at that consulate. they're going to sift through the ashes and look for any clues that can identify any individuals involved in that attack. we know that the u.s. military has deployed its resources, including drones and other intelligence gathering mechanisms to try to keep an eye and ear out for any of these people involved. they're getting a lot of cooperation from the libyan government. the libyan government says that they believe this was a pre-planned attack, not an outburst of spontaneous violence. and they're also saying that they have four individuals in custody that they are questioning who may have possibly important information that could benefit the americans. they also have several other individuals under surveill
around the world for the four victims of the attack on the consulate in benghazi, libya, including ambassador chris stevens. >>> and there is political fallout as well. mitt romney taking heat from members of his own party for his criticism of the statement from the u.s. embassy in cairo following the initial demonstration there. this morning, we'll hear what president obama has to say about that. and we'll get reaction from republican senator john mccain. >>> we want to get right to nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel. he's in cairo for us once again. richard, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah, from tahrir square. this the iconic place that became the scene of massive demonstrations from the united states, calling for more democracy. now, there is an ongoing clash here as some demonstrators are trying to attract u.s. embassy, which is right on the edge of this square and you can see fear gas being fired from egyptian security forces trying to keep the demonstrators away from the u.s. embassy wall. a similar scene today in yemen, as an angry mob a
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